Andreas Madestam

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OBJECTIVE The objective of the present study is to calculate the cost-effectiveness of early medical abortion performed by nurse-midwifes in comparison to physicians in a high resource setting where ultrasound dating is part of the protocol. Non-physician health care professionals have previously been shown to provide medical abortion as effectively and(More)
This paper examines whether social interactions and cultural practices affect political views and behavior in society. We investigate the issue by documenting a major social and cultural event at different stages in life: the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States during the 20th century. Using absence of rainfall as a proxy for participation in(More)
Do political elites use armed groups to foster civilian participation in violence or are civilian killers driven by unstoppable ancient hatred? If armed groups matter, are they allocated strategically to maximize civilian participation? How do they mobilize civilians? I empirically investigate these three questions using village-level data from the Rwandan(More)
This paper studies the effect of leadership on the level and evolution of pro-social behavior using an artefactual field experiment on local public good provision. Participants decide how much to contribute to an actual conservation project. They can then revise their donations after being randomly matched in pairs on the basis of their authority and having(More)
We use a unique natural experiment in order to assess the impact of positive discrimination in India on targeted groups’ educational attainment. We take advantage of the harmonization of the Scheduled Castes lists within the Indian states taking place in 1976 to measure the increase of the educational attainment of the new beneficiaries. We show that this(More)
Using a theory based gravity equation, we …rst show that cultural dissimilarity dampens bilateral import ‡ows between countries. What is more, this paper is the …rst attempt to examine Huntington’s the Clash of Civilizations hypothesis from an economic standpoint. We provide evidence that the impact of cultural heterogeneity on trade ‡ows is far more(More)
I use a natural experiment in order to assess the impact of positive discrimination in India on targeted groups’ educational attainment. I take advantage of the harmonization of the Schedule Castes and Tribes lists within the Indian states taking place in 1976 to measure the increase of the educational attainment of the groups that suddenly became members(More)
Are radical reforms able to tackle inequality persistence? We investigate the impact of one of the most radical changes one can think of, Mao’s revolution in rural China, on inequality persistence. We identify places which experienced reforms of different intensity for exogenous reasons, by using a unique historical event, the Long March of the Red Army in(More)
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